Courses

By the end of this course, you will know how to define your retirement lifestyle, understand your income needs and create your own personal retirement checklist. Learn investment planning techniques and risk avoidance strategies. Don't get caught unprepared for retirement.


May 18-20, 2021, ONLINE WEBEX
Discover reasons why you are unable to sleep at night, struggling with low energy, or why your libido has disappeared. Hormones can influence behavior and mood, give zest for life or leave you dragging. Explore the connection between thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones, and learn how you can gain control.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor from New Basin Distilling Company to learn everything you need to know about bourbon. Rick will discuss the process of making bourbon and lead you through the exploration of taste notes and the best strategies for enjoying bourbon. Tasting kit included in price. Must be 21 years of age or older and show ID to pick up the kit.


Sunday, May 23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Get a new perspective on time management. This hands-on 3-hour course shows you how to support your brain so you can be more efficient with time, more effective in planning, and experience less stress and overwhelm.


Friday, April 23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Thursday, May 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn everything you need to know about addressing the unique challenges of gardening in Central Oregon. An OSU Certified Master Gardener? will cover all aspects of gardening including vegetable gardening. Water conservation techniques will be also be covered.


May 11-13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Never use store-bought taco shells again! Join Chef Candy and learn how to make delicious homemade corn tortillas and a yummy filling to spice up your Cinco de Mayo dinner. Prepare your own supply of corn tortillas filled with delicious Chicken Tinga (braised chicken with chipotle and tomato) with freshly made Guacamole and Pico de Gallo. Don't miss this tasty opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or taco night any day of the year.


Saturday, May 1, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Mediterranean, Vegan. Confused about the differences between popular diets? This interactive course navigates the philosophies of each diet. By highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of these and other popular diets, you'll be able to determine which one might be a good fit for your health and lifestyle goals.


Thursday, April 8, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Candy and explore key concepts and skills to improve your culinary techniques, menu planning and overall confidence in providing restaurant-quality food to your family and friends. In this session, students will discover the magic of braising using both dry and moist heat methods. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed are provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, March 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn to make this French bakery classic. Join Pastry Chef Katie Fuller as she leads you through the techniques of making the crispy shells, filling them with vanilla pastry cream and then glazing them with chocolate. Make extra shells and fill them with savory ingredients for a quick and easy dinner meal! Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to bake along with the demonstration.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Create a unique miniature garden that will fit in any space and bring you joy every day. This is a fun and creative DIY project using items from your favorite garden center or up-cycled items from around your home or any local thrift store. Participants will create their own unique Zen garden with step-by-step instructions from the instructor. Materials are required for this course.


Saturday, May 8, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
In this workshop, we'll look at what goes into telling a fabulous story, whether we made it up, or we're relating the elements of a true event. We'll do writing exercises and have a lot of great discussion about the inner-workings of "Story."


Saturday, April 24, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
How is writing a story like telling a joke? Find out in this 3-hour workshop as we explore the structure of humor and how and when to use it in our writing.


Saturday, May 22, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Lynne Dean, a retired latent fingerprint expert who helped track The Green River Killer, in this fascinating look into the real world of crime scene investigation. View the inside workings of a forensic fingerprint laboratory, learn about the practice of fingerprint mutilation to prevent detection and actively review and analyze evidence from real crime scenes. This course is great for the CSI amateur enthusiast, mystery writers or book clubs. Materials are required for this course.


Saturday, May 15, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Monday, May 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter and explore the special vibrancy culinary herbs add to our foods. Learn to appreciate the aroma and flavor of culinary herbs as we explore their historical uses and their science-based medicinal applications. The course includes demonstrations and recipes. On the menu: Herbed Butters, Herbed Breakfast Sausage, Chimichurri and Tabbouleh.


Thursday, May 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter in this course focused on learning to distinguish the difference between the science and the marketing behind food labels. We'll decode items in your pantry, fridge and freezer and learn what's in them - and what's not. And you'll take home a store-by-store guide to a nutritionist's top picks for healthier processed foods in Central Oregon.


Thursday, April 22, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Using a mixture of lecture and hands-on application, your expert instructor will guide you through the importance of using scale and design before building, foundation basics, the components of a typical wall framing system, framing and truss layout, and roof system basics. You'll learn how to safely use construction tools and tricks of the trade for basic construction for homeowners. For students who want to learn about home/project based construction. Tools will be provided. Students will need to provide their own construction appropriate gloves.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Landscape professionals and homeowners can learn about drip and low volume irrigation, including the basics of how a typical irrigation system works, and steps to convert a traditional sprinkler zone into a drip zone.


April 13-15, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Gail Jett to explore the basics of energy healing and energy medicine. Learn the science behind these modalities and ways to augment your own health and well-being with some simple techniques that can increase energy, vitality, mental clarity and focus.


Saturday, April 10, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Explore the reasons for establishing a Durable Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, Medical Authorization, Will, or Living Trust, especially in these uncertain times. This overview of estate planning addresses creating an estate plan, trust administration, probate, and estate taxes.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
The Fearless Fish Cookery series continues with Chef Candy preparing a perfectly Pan Seared Salmon dish alongside Gazpacho Vinaigrette and Black Olive Couscous. Learn searing and plating techniques with this delicious summer dish that is sure to wow your friends and family. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, June 12, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Candy in the first course of the Fearless Fish Cookery series. This session will showcase Sea Scallops with Pickled Tomato and Jalapeños, and Sweet Corn Risotto. Learn techniques for searing the perfect scallop and plating techniques to create a beautiful, restaurant-quality dinner for your family or party guests. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, May 22, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn relevant information on a variety of financial topics including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and asset allocation. This course will also review the basics of retirement planning, estate planning and preparing for the unexpected.


Monday, April 5, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Katie as she demonstrates how to bake delicious French Macaron cookies. Learn how to pipe the dough into perfect rounds and once they are baked, fill them with rich chocolate ganache. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, March 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions and sharing work. In this session, we will write about real world problems and challenges made new by the reveal of magical elements. Be inspired by prompts that intertwine everyday experiences with fairy tale and mythology. Writers of all levels, in all genres are welcome.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Bring a world of flavors to your dinner table with these gluten-free and dairy-free classic sauces that draw from various ethnic traditions. Gain mastery of the following sauces: Mexican Mole Sauce, Thai Coconut Curry, Mediterranean Caper Sauce and Spanish Romesco Sauce. These sauces are bursting with flavor while accommodating common dietary restrictions. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, March 14, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Whether you are new to horses, struggling with your own horse, or looking to tune-up your handling and communication skills, this course will cover a wide range of skill building to suit each individual's needs. No riding involved and no experience required. Class held weather permitting. Will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Wear closed-toe leather shoes and wear layers.


Saturday, June 5, 2021, HORSETALK
Horses are unique in their ability to teach us about our body language, living in the moment with stress and vulnerability, and being in relationships. Students will learn about themselves through these unique interactions with horses. No riding involved and no experience required. Class held weather permitting. Will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Wear closed-toe leather shoes and wear layers.


Saturday, May 22, 2021, HORSETALK
Are you interested in eating plant-based meals but think oatmeal and smoothies may be your only breakfast options? Join us as we make hearty Biscuits and Gravy, sweet Blueberry Pancakes, and savory Bacon/Avocado Sandwiches, all without meat or dairy! Chef Holly will also discuss the best options for plant-based yogurt, butter, and other breakfast essentials. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, April 11, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
American cuisine reflects the history of the United States, blending the culinary contributions of a variety of groups around the world as well as many deeply rooted heritages. Chef Candy will explore the South with delicious Fried Chicken and Mac 'n Cheese. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, March 7, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Interested in sharing your memoir, poetry, photographs or other creative work with the world? In this introductory course, learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing, the online platforms available for formatting, printing, and distributing your work, and which publishing methods are most appropriate for your goals.


Saturday, April 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join trained wine sommelier Laura Craska-Cooper for an evening of wine appreciation. This course is designed for those who like wine and want to know more about it, and for those who would like to enjoy wine and just don't know where to begin. Learn about the basic components of wine and the fundamentals of wine tasting. The instructor will provide a list of three wines to purchase prior to the course so students can taste along with her if they choose (optional). Participating students must be 21 years of age or older.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Is it true that "we are what we eat?" Have you ever wondered if your diet affects your annual lab test results? Join Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter and examine common lab tests such as the Complete Metabolic Panel, Complete Blood Count, Lipid Panel and those that look at key essential nutrients. Explore what the lab results mean for your health. Learn ways to use your diet to effect positive change in your labs and your overall health.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn what you need to know before it's too late to make the most of your Social Security!


Tuesday, May 4, 2021, ONLINE WEBEX
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a continual learning process. Professionals with previous MI training or practice will continue developing skills in their role supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes.


Friday, March 12, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Make your transition from peer to supervisor successful! Being promoted to a role supervising your former peers is one of the most difficult transitions to make in your career. Learn how to develop agreements to hold yourself and others accountable, build your team, set goals, support your organization and create documentation of poor performance.


May 4-6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Make an elegant, silky upside-down pear tarte. Served with a dollop of whipped cream, this caramelly, flaky treat will become your go-to dessert for guests while still being an easy family dessert during the week. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to bake along with the demonstration.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Is it possible to create a tasty and show-stopping Italian feast without dairy or meat? Absolutely! Chef Holly will demonstrate how to make a completely plant-based Italian feast including fresh Caprese Salad, rich Veggie Lasagna, and decadent Tiramisu. Learn about high-quality substitutes for different cheeses and meats. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a zesty, plant-based Mexican Fiesta! You will gain techniques and recipes to create an entire meal including an appetizer, main dish, side dish and dessert. Learn to make Dairy-Free Nacho Cheese, Jackfruit Enchiladas, Smoky Black Beans, and a show-stopping Tres Leches Cake. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.   


Wednesday, May 5, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Indoor plants can boost moods, reduce stress, clean the air, and exude healing energy as you nurture them and watch them grow. In this course, learn five quick care tips, explore the best houseplants for the Central Oregon climate, learn how to make a houseplant thrive in your own home, and much more.


Saturday, June 5, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Rosé wines are versatile, readily available, food-friendly and a great option any time of the year. This course will dive into the world of pink wines, their origin in the New World as well as the Old World, different grapes and styles produced. The instructor will provide a general list of three wines to purchase prior to the course so students can taste along if they choose (optional). Participating students must be 21 years of age or older.


Thursday, May 20, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn to make a delicious vegetable and cheese galette wrapped in a flaky pastry shell. This rustic savory pie served with a simple salad makes for a perfect dinner meal. Students will be given a list of vegetables and cheeses to choose from to make a custom galette perfectly suited to their own taste. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to bake along with the demonstration.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Everyone judges a book by its cover. In this course for self-publishers, study the principles of good cover design, learn how to find stock images and fonts that can be used in commercial projects, and observe a demonstration on how to create a complete cover file using a graphic design program.


Saturday, March 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Saturday, May 15, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
This online meeting will help you gather information about COCC's bilingual training preparing individuals to serve as Health Care Interpreters in medical settings. Registration for meeting is required to receive online access link.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Are you tired of the wintertime vegetable options? If so, join Chef Holly to celebrate the arrival of spring produce by making flavorful dishes that highlight the season. Participants will learn to create delicious recipes like Asparagus Risotto, Zesty Mint and Green Pea Dip, Roasted Radishes with Balsamic and Basil, and Lemon-Berry Cupcakes! Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, April 24, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn to make this delicious seasonal pie with a flaky lattice crust that will surely brighten up any spring day. Chef Katie will take the mystery out of how to make the perfect pie dough from scratch and give you tips to avoid the dreaded "soggy bottom." Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to bake along with the demonstration.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn the details of the 2018 Tax Law and how it may affect your personal tax situation. Discussion will include tax optimization strategies for gifting, Social Security, estate planning and investments including Roth conversions.


Thursday, April 8, 2021, ONLINE WEBEX
Medicare is a critical source of health insurance for 44 million Americans. You need in-depth information on the often confusing process of the Medicare system to make informed choices with your own, or a loved one's, health insurance.


Wednesday, March 10, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Thursday, April 29, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
A well-stocked pantry can lead to creativity and inspiration! Join Chef Candy as she shares the essential pantry staples she keeps on hand to transform even the most basic items into delicious restaurant-quality food. Chef Candy will provide a list of pantry essentials and demonstrate how to turn everyday ingredients into delicious, flavor-filled dishes in an instant.


Saturday, April 24, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Tomatoes are the most popular garden crop in the USA, yet they are considered by many Central Oregon gardeners to be notoriously difficult to downright impossible to grow. In truth, tomatoes, like all plants, have basic requirements that can be successfully met, even in our high desert climate. Learn the most important factors for success, including light, temperature, variety, and location.


Saturday, April 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
If you have ever had bodywork done such as massage, acupuncture, or other forms of energy work, you have been told to drink plenty of water afterward. Have you ever wondered why? Join Nurse Practitioner and Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Gail Jett to gain a deeper understanding of the critical role that water plays in your health, the surprising history of water research and the current level of scientific understanding - the information may surprise you!


Saturday, May 8, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Discover how to create delicious baked goods without using traditional animal products such as dairy and eggs. Explore the basics of vegan baking substitutes including flaxseed, aquafaba and other plant-based baking options. Learn to bake delicious vegan muffins, quick breads, savory dinner rolls and brownies. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Subscribing to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable box service is a great way to work seasonal produce into your diet while supporting local farms. For those who may have difficulty identifying the vegetables and how to prepare them, this course will teach tried-and-true tips and healthy, flavorful recipes that cover a variety of local ingredients. The cost of the course includes a small vegetable box delivered to local doorsteps the week before the class so you can cook along with Chef Holly in the comfort of your own home. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed are provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, May 15, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Baja California's beautiful Valle de Guadalupe wine region is a widely undiscovered secret, yet home to 100+ wineries and European-influenced wine scene. Take a tasting tour of Baja and learn about the Mediterranean-like climate that makes the area favorable to growing popular regional wines. The instructor will provide a general list of three wines to purchase prior to the course so students can taste along if they choose (optional). Participating students must be 21 years of age or older.


Thursday, March 18, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM